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Am Nabangi Faizo of kamuli district Bugulumbya sub-county Nawangoma parish Budubirwa village? , I /joined COC as a facilitator in 2017. This is when I got selected by the implementing CSO in Kamuli and got trained in FEB 2017 by Plan international Uganda under the Ni- Yetu Project. Before I became a champion of change, I knew that being a man ment everything and I was only waiting for my time to marry a wife so that I assume complete power and authority over her. In my life I enjoyed minimizing and calling girls all sorts of names to mean that the values was less compared to the boys. I even used the bible so much to remind girls in my community how they are products of men and that ment that they are under men.

During many times with my fellow peers I disseminated gender inequality and they would believe in me as a young man who understood and appreciated our culture which was full of negative traditional cultural norms where girls were regarded as being less important compared to the boys.

When I got trained as a COC were taken through the understanding the myths, misconceptions and the stereotypes around gender and how the negative traditional cultural norms affect young people and adults more so the girls and women.

When we started un packing the module for the delivery of COC through the different topics I started to think like the information shared was strange to me because of my traditional thinking but at end of the training I did my our confidential self-evaluation on my behaviors and more my negative thinking about the girls and role of women in our society and in decision before I was told I got a revelation of changing and to start promoting a positive thinking of the relevancy of the girls and women at large.

Over time in my engagement with my fellow peers I mustered many topics but not forgetting to topic of being a being a young man which humbled me and improved my meaning participation and engagement of other members of the community with respect, and when I facilitated the topic on gender over and again I so that at many points I was equally a perpetrator though I was a young man and this called my complete transformation into a modal to entire community members both young and adult because many came to as a referral point for help and linkage

To date am a champion of change by what I do, speak and the way I behave since I transformed from being a follower and a disseminator of gender inequalities to an advocate and a promoter of gender equality in my community.


Am Babirye Joy ,I stay at Kasambira trading centre, Kasambira Parish ,Bugulumbya S/C – Kamuli District ,am a champion of change for the girls. Am a single mother who became a mother when I was a child.

Before Champion of Change methodology. I had no information about gender equality and sexual Reproductive health neither did I know any health right that I could benefit from since I was a child mother whom everybody knew that my value hard already diminished, I did not have abilty and capability to talk about myself and to the public. I knew that menstruation is a disease and problem since my community belief understood menstruation as a sign of maturity to marry so I hated it so much from the day I received my first menstruation period. I used to club and in my mind I grew up knowing that when a girl starts her menstruation. She is ready to get married because it was one of the community belief.

But when I was selected and got trained as COC facilitator ,j got a lot of information about SRHR and GBV this opened my eyes and mind to understand that menstruation is normal and that both girls and boys had equal opportunities in the community. I gained courage to talk about gender norms that affect girls and women in the community however in doing so I equally and importantly got energized to re build myself and thinking. T

In my day to day engagements with the girls, I can’t forget the topic in the module which talks about being safe in the city. It encouraged me to spread the information about GBV and SRHR in my community. It also gave me information on how to plan for the future. I opened up a small business, went back to school and got a certificate in Public Administration, Am a role model and VHT in my community because of Champion of Change methodology.



My name is Musambi Asupasa aged 23years from Nabwigulu Sub- county kamuli district. Before being a champion of change facilitator, I could not fully manage to articulate issues that affect me, my fellow young people and the community at large. Not only that but also I used to look at girls being only sex objects and used to advice my fellow colleagues to go for whoever we  wished all of us and I was doing all this with a group of three gays ANDREW,ERICSON,NOAH.  This team could take me for disco and on our way back I could together with my them beat girls and everyone we met on the way and I used to talk ill about my contemporaries (peer educators) who used to come for sessions and mentorship at the nearby  health facility.


My capacity has been built as a male champion through having several trainings and engagements with PLAN and AEGY, this has transformed me in a manner where am in position to promote gender equality, girls rights and constructively speak out, present and challenge harmful gender norms through the youth engagements and peer to peer mobilization at all levels in my community hence putting into account Global girls 2030 programme.

Additionally, throughout my interface with the COC module and the different topics, It has gave me deeper understanding on a variety of issues for example the engagement of the adaptable activities which encouraged me to build knowledge , attitude and skills based on myself and fellow peers experience.

Furthermore, in module 4 (Being Non Violent in Personal Relationships) Activity D1 WHAT IS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE, I got to vividly comprehend the concept of Gender based Violence as violence being usually associated with physical aggression. And my attention was drawn more to the different forms of violence, where they take place this information could helped me create awareness to the community hence controlling most the cases of violence.

Still on the same note, in module 2(Being a young Man) Activity B1 WHO I AM I learnt that there is no common identity shared by all young people and that youth is a period of in the lifecycle, this made me draw the silhouette and mold the peers figure through identifying the characteristics and attributes that are part of their identities which projects the path of self-discovery of identities of young people.

In conclusion, I call upon my fellows who are also living  humanitarian basis to  come up and  share their problems , successes and solutions in order to continuously embrace our potential and willingness to thrive in all our aspirations thus envisioning a magnitude  whom nobody  ever seem to see.